Ford Unveils E Bike Concept in Frankfurt
However, things aren’t what they seem, as there’s more to the E Concept than meets the eye. The frame of the two-wheeled vehicle holds a 340 Wh lithium-ion battery mounted into the frame. An speaking of the frame, this is made of aluminum and carbon fiber, so it only weighs in at 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs).
The battery in the frame provides enough power to the motor in the front wheel hub for a journey of 85 km (53 miles) on a full charge. The rider can choose from three modes of riding - Economy, Comfort and Sport - and uses a handlebar-mounted display to inform himself of different data, such as range, battery capacity, speed, time and distance covered.
Ignoring the pedal power of the rider, the Ford E Bike Concept is 350 W strong, enough for speeds of up to 25 km/h (15 mph).
“The E-Bike market is growing very, very rapidly, with some 30 million units sold globally last year,” said Axel Wilke, director, vehicle personalization, Ford Customer Service Division Europe. “We see E-Bikes as an important element of urban electric mobility. More and more people are using E?Bikes for short distance commuting and they are becoming comfortable with the concept of electric mobility.”
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